Great Lakes Bay Crew
A Regional High School Rowing Program
Great Lakes Bay Crew is the perfect opportunity for High School students to experience and excel at the sport of rowing through the Bay City Rowing Club.
We are inviting and accepting all students from the Bay, Saginaw, Midland, Frankenmuth, and surrounding areas of the Great Lakes Bay Region to join us this year with their friends and classmates.
- An amazing outdoor activity that works the body and mind
- Meet and row with other students interested in the sport
- Fantastic addition to college applications and creates the potential for collegiate program scholarships
If participating in the rowing open house, a signed waiver will be necessary for all High Schoolers who want to get in a boat to try rowing for free. You can download and complete the waiver in advance here.
*IMPORTANT* To maintain a safe environment for our student participants and to adhere to US Rowing club guidelines, we require some information for participation. Please follow the step-by-step instructions carefully to ensure you have the necessary information submitted for your high school student to participate in rowing.
- Download both the BCRC Student Participation Form and the HS Emergency Medical Form (print and return to club officers)
- Read through Club Polices and Safety Rules and Club Safe Sport Policy documents
- Download US Rowing Paper Waiver (print and return to club)
- Sign up for US Rowing Basic Membership (print and return to club). Read sign up instructions here. The FAQ section below explains why this is necessary
- Pay online or in person
Great Lakes Bay Crew has three different terms throughout the year. Each term will run for two months and meets 3 times per week for coached rowing sessions.
Weekly rowing times:
Monday & Wednesday – 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday – 9:30-11:30am
First row date for each term:
Spring – Wednesday, May 1
Summer – Wednesday, July 1
Fall – Wednesday, September 4
Meet the Coaches
Amber has been involved in rowing since her college days at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has been around the country (and world!) coaching and working with various clubs and programs including Boston College, Berkeley High School, Marin Rowing Club and North Bay Rowing Club. She has also competed and medalled in the women’s U.S. Nationals event and narrowly missed out competing at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Amber is passionate about teaching young people to row and excel in the sport, and is excited to be working with local high school students involved in the Great Lakes Crew program!
Alicia joined the Bay City Rowing Club in 2016. After quickly learning and finding a passion for rowing, she has been committed to working alongside coaches and getting involved in Learn to Row programs. Alicia has a natural aptitude for team leadership and enjoys working the cox position of commanding and steering rowing shells. She enjoys participating in regattas and is great at keeping the positive energy high for the entire team! When not rowing, Alicia can also be found volunteering for the Big Brother Big Sister organization and working as a cosmetologist.
Amanda recently moved to the area after graduating from Penn State University. She rowed at Penn State, was a team captain during her senior year, and competed all over the country, including at Lake Lanier Rowing Club, where the 1996 Summer Olympics were held!
Rowing had a big impact on her life, and she wishes she started before her college years. Therefore, she is now passionate about getting others involved in the sport at a young age.
Outside of rowing, Amanda works as an Information Systems Analyst for Dow. She is so excited to work with local high school students and get them involved in the wonderful sport of rowing!
Lisa has been rowing with BCRC since 2015. She had dreamed of rowing ever since she was a little girl watching her local high school team practice, but moved away before she could join. Bay City Rowing Club finally made her dream a reality. She is now very active with the club, participating in every event, practice, and regatta that she can!
Lisa believes that rowing is an amazing sport for high school students. She is a middle school math teacher in Bay City and loves to inspire leadership and confidence in her students.
No, we do not require membership by students or parents for a high schooler to participate in Great Lakes Bay Crew. However, once the class is completed you’ll be a proficient rower, so of course we’d love for you to continue your involvement by joining! We offer a special membership for high school students and also a discount for first-time members.
Comfortable exercise clothes, socks and a water bottle are a must. If the weather is nice, we also recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. If the weather is windy or colder, it helps to have an extra layer of clothing like a wind-breaker or light long-sleeve jacket. Optional items would include a change of clothes (sometimes you can get splashed with water) and extra shoes or flip-flops to keep in the boat while rowing.
With rowing, there is no perfect place to start. Whether you consider yourself physically fit or not, we encourage you to learn the sport to see how you like it. Rowing will challenge you both mentally and physically, but you can scale your physical effort according to your own limits.
As of now, we don’t a specific deadline, but we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. This is a huge help for us to plan and coordinate each class session. If you’re just finding out about this and one of the classes has already started, please still reach out to us – we can probably still accept you!
All class sessions are held at our boathouse on Middle Ground island in Bay City (a map is available on our Contact page). These camps involve both indoor and outdoor training. We row on the Saginaw River, and we might travel a few miles north or south on the river while rowing. Any on-land or indoor practice will happen in, or close by, our boathouse.
Our boathouse has both a men’s and women’s locker room, and both have individual lockers that are available for temporary use at no charge. However, our boathouse is always locked while we are on the water, so many of our members leave their belonging on the seats in the locker rooms without any worry. If you’d like the use of a locker, make sure you ask when coming to your first class. You can also bring your own lock to use.
We understand you may have to miss a day, and that’s fine. It will be your responsibility to let the rowing instructor know as early as possible. We don’t recommend missing more that 1 or 2 days, as this could start to set you back with learning.
Canceling a day of rowing is highly unlikely. We have the ability to practice both indoors and outdoors, so even if weather doesn’t allow for rowing on the river, your camp will still practice indoors at the boathouse on rowing machines. If a class must be canceled, your instructor will send an email (or call) as early as possible to let everyone know.
Our club adheres to all US Rowing club policies and procedures. In addition, our insurance is carried through US Rowing. In order to maintain a high level of safety and protection for our members and equipment, we require a Basic US Rowing membership (which carries a small fee, roughly $10) for members and Great Lakes Bay Crew participants.